Prep Boys Soccer

Raiders show resiliency in regular-season finale

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 10, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Oct. 11, 2017 2:15 am

QUINCY -- Phil Weaver has learned enough facing the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team over the years to know that no lead is safe.

"If their boys find their shooting boots and could hit the target, with the number of chances they create, they can cause some danger," the United Township coach said.

The Raiders were a little off with their accuracy for a while Tuesday night.

Once that changed, so did the game.

Notre Dame scored twice in the final 90 seconds of the first half to erase a two-goal deficit, overcame another second-half deficit and ended the regular season with a 4-3 victory in rainy, windy and cold conditions at Advance Physical Therapy Field.

"I told the guys during one of the stoppages, ‘Hey, we're dangerous and we can score a lot of goals, but come postseason, we're going to run up against teams that aren't going to give us as many chances,'" QND coach Greg Reis said. "The way we finished tonight, we needed a bunch of chances to finish."

A number of missed opportunities left the Raiders in a 2-0 hole.

The Panthers' Jordan Griser scored just 1 minute, 55 seconds into the game before the Raiders strung together a number of scoring opportunities. QND outshot United Township 8-3 over the first 25 minutes, but only two of the Raiders' shots were on goal.

At that point, the first of two 30-minute lightning delays occurred.

"The first delay can change the momentum," Weaver said. "We came out strong and got within reaching distance of the halftime. Then we concede two soft goals, and it's all square again."

Two minutes after returning to the field, the Raiders (17-4) had a goal disallowed for being offsides, and the Panthers took advantage by scoring a minute later for a 2-0 lead.

Finally, with a little more than a minute remaining in the half, QND's Ben Whittaker pounced on a corner kick by Mitchell Murphy and drove his shot past UT goalkeeper Brandon Moreno. Roughly 30 seconds later, Moreno stopped a hard, low liner from Macker Little, but QND freshman Seth Anderson picked up the rebound and scored to tie the game at halftime.

That's when the second 30-minute lightning delay occurred.

The Panthers (3-11-2) reacted well again. Just 2:30 into the second half, Komia Apetcho slid up from the midfield and scored on an 18-yard shot for a 3-2 lead.

"We got our noses back in front again," Weaver said. "But we shoot ourselves in the foot too often."

Anderson scored his second goal in the 52nd minute to tie the game, and Murphy scored the game-winner in the 68th minute.

"The kids kept battling," Reis said. "We've been pretty resilient all year long. We've gotten down, and we've been able to battle back. That's a nice thing to know going into the postseason. But it would be nice to avoid that as much as possible, too."

 

Quincy Notre Dame 4, United Township 3

UT QND

9 Shots 14

5 Saves 3

2 Corners 6

8 Fouls 8

0 Offsides 1

United Township 2 1--3

QND 2 2--4

UT--Jordan Griser (unassisted), 2:00

UT--Jacob Schadt (unassisted), 28:00

Q--Ben Whittaker (Mitchell Murphy), 39:00

Q--Seth Anderson (Macker Little), 40:00

UT--Komia Apetcho (Schadt), 43:00

Q--Anderson (unassisted), 52:00

Q--Murphy (unassisted), 68:00

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